What do Thai mangoes, Taiwanese castella, Japanese banana bread, and Belgian chocolate have in common? All of them are representative food products tourists taste and purchase when traveling in those countries. The must-tries in Korea include kimchi, dried seaweed, and samgyetang (ginseng chicken soup) but it is hard to find all of them in one place. To deal with this inconvenience, aT (Korea Agro-Fisheries & Food Trade Corporation) opened the Korean Agri-Food Sales & Promotion Hall at the HDC Shilla Duty-Free Store in the Yongsan Hyundai i-Park Mall. Let us take a look at the new hall as well as other attractions and famous restaurants in Yongsan.
aT Opens the Korean Agri-food Sales & Promotion Hall in the HDC Shilla Duty-Free Store
The Korean Agri-food Sales & Promotion Hall exhibits and sells a wide range of approximately a thousand different agri-products from export best-sellers to emerging baby foods, certified sextiary industry goods, and other promising products. Some examples include fresh perilla oil of famous healthy food brand Komega, samgyetang by Gyodong Food, and kimchi of Hansung Food or Daekwang F & G. You can also purchase Korean dried seaweed which is very popular in China, Japan, and the US as well as handmade choco-pies, cup tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake), and sausages.
There are plans for the hall to regularly offer kimchi-making classes and jang (fermented sauces) experience activities for foreigners interested in Korean traditional food culture. The location of the Korean Agri-food Sales & Promotion Hall is at Yongsan Station, the starting point of express trains (KTX) and a major transportation hub where subway lines 1 and 4 and the Gyeonggui line intersect. Hence, it is easy for tourists to access.
Yeo In-hong, CEO of aT, said, "This is the first time aT has set up a hall in a duty-free store to promote Korean agri-food. We plan to install more facilities in duty free stores at Incheon airport and in downtown Seoul as a way to create new export routes for Korean food products."
# Korean Agri-food Sales & Promotion Hall
· Business Hours: 9am–9pm · Phone: +82-1688-8800 · Location: i-Park Mall 7th floor
· Directions: If you travel by subway, take Exit 2 from Yongsan Station to get to the HDC Shilla Duty-Free Store. When taking a limousine bus from Incheon airport, use bus #6030 and get off at Yongsan Station. Then, take the central escalator of the i-Park Mall to get to HDC Shilla Duty-Free Store.
○ Tourist Attractions in Yongsan
- Museums: The National Museum of Korea is the country’s largest museum. About 13,000 artifacts are permanently on display in 18 exhibition halls, and there are several spaces for temporary exhibitions such as children's museum and outdoor garden. To find out about the history and origin of Korean script, visit the National Hangeul Museum. It also offers foreigners an easy program to learn to read Korean. Both museums are located close to Exit 2 of Ichon Station on Line 4.
- Namsan Mountain and Namsan Seoul Tower: Located at the top of Namsan Mountain, Namsan Seoul Tower is a symbol of Seoul and the best place to enjoy its night view. The tower features LED lighting and various media arts. To get to Namsan Seoul Tower, take Namsan Circulation Bus No. 3 from Exit 6 of Dongguk University Station on Line 3 or Exit 4 of Itaewon Station on Line 6. Many restaurants on Namsan Mountain serve king-size pork cutlets; you can try it on your way to Namsan Seoul Tower.
- Itaewon and Gyeongridan-gil: You can find diverse cultures and cuisines in Itaewon. Local restaurants offering food from different countries are highly popular with foreigners. This October 14–15, the area is going to host the Itaewon Global Festival. Itaewon Station is located on subway line 6. Gyeongridan-gil, located near Itaewon, refers to the street connecting Armed Forces Finance with the Hyatt Hotel and its surrounding shops. The street attracts many visitors with its charming restaurants and cafes serving various dishes.
- Yongmun Traditional Market: The largest traditional market of Yongsan District, Yongmun Market is about 60 years old and houses over 150 stores. In addition to stalls selling hotteok (Korean pancake filled with sugar), jokbal (pig's feet), and haejangguk (hangover soup), there are many grocery stores, cosmetics shops, and stores selling household goods where you can get a glimpse of the everyday lives of Koreans. To get to Yongmun Traditional Market, take Exit 3 of Hyochang Park Station on Line 6 and walk for about 10 minutes.
# Yongsan-gu Tourist Information Center
· Tel : +82-2-9785-0942, +82-2-749-9221 · Business Hours: 9am–8pm
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